You Better Belize It
Trip Start Sep 2007
8Trip End Ongoing
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Belize is an ex colony, they speak english there, this was my first chance to interact with the locals on more than just a basic sign language level as had been conducted thus far. My first stop was Belize City. The biggest place in Belize, the name is a bit misleading because its small with a population of around 80,000. This is an estimate I couldnīt be bothered doing a head count. It was a Saturday night when I arrived in Belize city. I met a Swede and a German (named Tam and Rab respectively) in the hostel and we went out clubbing that evening. It was a reggae/dance/rap sort of music mix, my favourite! We were the token gringos in the club. I always get a good vibe from a place when three different locals approach and warn you to be vigilant so you donīt get mugged. I hatched a master plan there and then to spend my money on beer so no-one could rob it and it worked! There is alot to be said for the extra attributes of beer!
One notable incident that happened in Belize city was when I sparked up a conversation with an Indian shop keeper. When he discovered I was from Glasgow he said " I am friends with the Glasgow airport bombers". Iīll be honest, I didnīt know what to retort to this, it was a bit of a conversation killer. All relevant details have been forwarded to John Smeaton.
From Belize city, I met up with Steve again (who was overwhelmed by his trip to the ruins) and we headed to Caye Caulker, an island on the caribbean. Caye caulker was cool, there was a football pitch there where we played with the locals every night. I played some no-nonense safety first stuff from centre half. I think the locals were impressed with my 50 yard boots up the field and I contributed at the other end also with some towering headers from set pieces.
Caye Caulker is all about the marine life.
One thing that is absolute genius is the theme tune for the news on the radio. They use Dallas!! From Belize city Steve said his tear stricken goodbyes and I caught a bus down to Placencia in the south. As the bus trundled out of the bus station it stopped for an old rasta man but the driver refused to let him on the bus. An argument prevailed climaxing when the rasta man put a brick through the bus window and then done a runner. There was a police car behind the bus but the officers were totally oblivious to this, probably to busy listening to the Dallas theme tune. Eventually they gave chase and we did to in the bus, through the streets of Belize city but it was to no avail as the offender was off.
Placencia was nice, live band plays on a Sunday and the whole town turns up but it was raining the whole time I was there and I was paranoid about getting burnt. After Placencia I headed to Punta Gordain the south, my last stop before Guatamala. The original plan was to stay one night but as with most places I ended staying longer. The people were cool here. It was when the Gers were playing Barca. The bars were shut but one guy said he would open just so I could watch the game! I brought along another three punters from the hostel (Betty, Agnes and Jimmy if I remember correctly). It was a definate hand ball by Henry, thats the only way the French can score against the Scots, by cheating!
The 1st night in PG was spent listening to Garifuna drum players. They were playing traditional music intertwined with a bit of Back street Boys?! I would like to point out that it was the company I was in that noticed this and not me, I was always more of an N-Sync fan. The next night I met a cool Rasta guy called King, he gave me a grand tour of his hut! Life seems so simple for these guys, he has a plot of land where he grows fruit and veg, if he wants fish heīll catch it from the sea and he makes jewellery on demand for passing tourists. He seems content, he said heīd been to the UK and worked there but didnīt enjoy the lifestyle so he came back. From PG I got a boat to Livingston in Guatamala. Itīs called Livingston but there is no MaCarthur Glen desinger outlet there, but thats for another day.
I hope you all have a good christmas and new year guys.